BRING BACK THE BRASS

THE METAL­LIC WITH A MUL­TI­TUDE OF FACETS TO SUIT ANY DE­SIGN THEME

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Ev­ery­one has their favourite ice cream flavour, in­te­rior style, place to visit, and of course, cof­fee or­der (it’s a triple, venti, half-sweet, soy, caramel mac­chi­ato for me).

The same goes for metallics. Of course, I am bi­ased but, in my opin­ion, brass is best. Brass is the ul­ti­mate chameleon be­cause it’s com­pletely ver­sa­tile and lends it­self to so many dif­fer­ent styles.

If we wit­ness clas­si­cal Euro­pean ar­chi­tec­ture, there is no doubt that brass was the dom­i­nat­ing metal for its longevity and tra­di­tional aes­thet­ics.

Then again in the 1970s and 1980s, brass dé­cor was stylish and in de­mand due to its shine and lac­quer.

When sleek and modern de­sign trends hit dur­ing the 1990s and 2000s, we saw chrome and alu­minium take over the mar­ket. How­ever, just as quickly as trends come

into style, their pop­u­lar­ity de­clines. With re­cent move­ments to­wards sus­tain­abil­ity, eth­i­cal pur­chas­ing and a new-found af­fair with the past, we have started adopt­ing things with a story, his­tory and be­spoke crafts­man­ship. En­ter, brass!

As a go-to for de­sign­ers for many years, its ver­sa­tile char­ac­ter­is­tics and high qual­ity of­fer dec­o­ra­tors con­fi­dence in in­tro­duc­ing the metal into an in­te­rior. Raw or shiny, folded or beaten, brass in­stinc­tively com­ple­ments nu­mer­ous styles and in­te­rior spa­ces.

In more re­cent times, brass is of­ten used in in­dus­trial and eclec­tic spa­ces, which is far from its orig­i­nal in­tended pur­pose.

Un­like al­ter­na­tive met­als, solid brass is per­fect for wet ar­eas and liv­ing by the beach, mak­ing it the metal of choice for coastal lo­ca­tions.

Take light fit­tings, for ex­am­ple.

While there is some main­te­nance in­volved with brass, it’s noth­ing com­pared with the cost of re­plac­ing some­thing such as chrome or low-qual­ity stain­less.

In­tro­duc­ing brass into an in­te­rior is a sim­ple and easy way to add a touch of class, el­e­gance, depth and in­ter­est to your space.

Keep­ing brass in small de­tails is best, in­clud­ing decor, door han­dles and tap­ware, small em­bed­ded ac­cents and lights.

“His­tory re­peat­ing it­self” seems to be the phrase be­hind the resur­gence of this beau­ti­ful metal.

I hope con­sumers and de­sign­ers re­ally ex­per­i­ment with brass in in­te­rior de­sign, due to its hard-wear­ing qual­i­ties and time­less ap­peal.

For more in­te­rior de­sign in­spi­ra­tion, visit www.de­sign­by­danni.com

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